Just read a post asking Eugen to resign from developing Mastodon and I really have to ask: what are you folks smoking?

It’s his project. It’s open source. Fork it if you want to. But what kind of mind-blowing sense of entitlement drives you to think you can tell someone they should stop working on something they’ve built?



@aral for me I think it would be good to challenge and propose changes to the management structure of the software.

It's used by more than his two big instances, but I don't feel like admins like myself get any say in the direction of the software without chipping in code (and running an instance takes most of the time I might have to contribute even if it was incorporated) maybe a board or working group is needed?

But asking him to stop doing EVERYTHING seems pointless

@M0YNG @aral

I don't think Eugen should resign, but there /are/ valid issues being raised such as a claim that sponsors should be "family friendly", but then still accepting sponsorship for questionable organisations such as casinos or essay writing services, directly contradicting this policy - that doesn't look good if one intent is to encourage a wider group of people (including potentially vulnerable young people) to use the Fediverse more...

@vfrmedia @M0YNG @aral I don't get what's wrong about essay writing services. Could someone explain me why, please?

@avalos @M0YNG @aral

in many countries (such as UK) using one (especially for work assessed as part of your final grade) would be classed as cheating.

You risk being expelled from your school/college/uni, and maybe even interviewed by the Police and given a juvenile penalty such as a Caution.

This will stay on your record for some years and make it difficult to get jobs, as employers will see it as a crime of dishonesty.

@avalos @aral @M0YNG

its a legal grey area as advertising or providing such services isn't in itself illegal, but using it can be if the end aim is to gain financially (such as a qualification that helped you get a better job).

It is like selling a car to someone who has no full driving licence; and no one to supervise them when they drive on provisional/learners permit. An ethical person would not sell the vehicle in these circumstances, even if they weren't directly breaking the law..

@vfrmedia “Everything must be family-friendly” is a cancer of this era. I don't see how prudish hypocricy has anything to do with developing software.

@tennoseremel but it does not make sense to put up a claim that sponsors should "family friendly" and then simply ignore it; as it just then looks like the organisation is dishonest in other ways, and that simply doesn't look good no matter how liberal anyones views may be..

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